Miramax Films | Release Date: May 16, 2008
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[Anonymous]May 13, 2008
My 'find of the year' of 2007. While it does have some pretentious moments, it's one of the best films about friendship of the decade. In the style of Jules et Jim only... better. Go see, Winge is divine.
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WalkerP.May 18, 2008
This is the best film I've seen in ages. Moving and very funny. Great music as well!
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MichaelMMay 23, 2008
At risk of sound insensitive: Roger Ebert needs to fade into the sunset already. He's giving horrifically-mediocre, happy-go-lucky movies 4 stars across the board lately, and then something wonderful like this comes along and he shits At risk of sound insensitive: Roger Ebert needs to fade into the sunset already. He's giving horrifically-mediocre, happy-go-lucky movies 4 stars across the board lately, and then something wonderful like this comes along and he shits on it because, essentially, it's too depressing for him in his current state-of-health. Roger Ebert has always been a master of reducing, of glossing-over. For some of the worst reviews ever, I suggest his takes on: Blue Velvet, Dead Man, and now, Reprise. Expand
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Nesbitt10Jun 17, 2013
In "Reprise," the two protagonists are Phillip (Lie), and Erik (Klouman-Høiner), are best friends-young, brash, and struggling writers. Together, they deposit their freshly written manuscripts into a mailbox. Joachim Trier flicks throughIn "Reprise," the two protagonists are Phillip (Lie), and Erik (Klouman-Høiner), are best friends-young, brash, and struggling writers. Together, they deposit their freshly written manuscripts into a mailbox. Joachim Trier flicks through elaborate visions of 'what could be'- a vibrant introduction, a live-action scrapbook of future memories complete with wry voice-over. We're told that "cult status" beckons, because mainstream celebrity is for losers. Then reality sinks in and deals them both a blow: Erik's novel is rejected, while Phillip's is published to great acclaim only for a psychotic break to undo him at the height of his success.

Director Joachim Trier, who co-wrote the script with Eskil Vogt, plays with the audience by flipping backward and forward in time. As Phillip and Erik coddle their first manuscripts, Trier speeds forward in time to possible futures. The draw of this film isn't so much in watching them strive, but in glimpsing their daydreams of fame.

"Reprise" has a smart and knowing script, inviting the audience for reflection of their own. Joachim Trier neatly encapsulates that take-on-the-world optimism of unsullied youth. "Reprise" is many things at once: a window into mental illness, obsessive love, the uneasy transition from youth to adulthood, and finally the most intriguing aspect of the story line-fraternal competitiveness. The only real problem with the movie is it doesn't entirely establish a genuine, heartfelt interest in the characters for the audience. Both protagonists' grew up idolizing Norway's greatest living writer, who tells one of them his novel is good and shows promise. In the same sense, the movie itself is good and shows promise, but ultimately falls short of truly compelling. I am probably a bit too critical of this film only because I saw "Oslo, August 31st" (2011) first (a magnificent film), which is the follow up to "Reprise."
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